The Gate is a cloisonné vitreous enamel focal inside an ancient-cross style setting with blue-flash labradorite, amethyst and carnelian setting created as a stand-alone piece for the Journey collection, September 2020.
This central design is an ode to the path towards transcendence, the winding path uniqe to each one of us. The enamel is set into an ornate cruciform shape inspired by the jewelry of the Byzantine era. The gemstones be-jewelling the piece add to its rich 'medievalness', and contrast with the central focal which although secular, is mystical. The piece is a modern relic at the tributary of new and old symbolism, part-alchemy, part-2020.
The focal piece is made in the painstaking technique of cloisonné vitreous enamel, where wires are delicately bent to my original designs then filled with thin layers or powdered glass that is kiln-fired. The resulting human-made gemstone glints and catches the light with great depth and brilliance, really glittering. (For more about cloisonné, check out this link where I walk you through the process in an IGTV). In this piece, a 24ct gold foil path snakes towards the mysterious destination, catching and reflecting the light.
This piece is an entirely unique piece of art jewelry and a collector's item, and comes signed and dated at the back.
All handmade jewelry is delicate. Though by no means as fragile as some stones, vitreous enamels can break or chip if mishandled. No drops, shocks, tugs or chemicals - and it will last to be buried with you inside your pyramid.
Pandemic edit: I am happy to say the pandemic will be no impediment to this piece reaching you fast and safe. It ships by courier to select countries. Transit time is incredibly around 3 working days (add on a day if you're in Oz). If you don't see your country listed in the shipping options, contact me.